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Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is a member of a select group of double board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, who are at the top of their game and are female. She was also just elected President-elect of the AAFPRS, the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons that has 2,500 members.
Dr Moran’s specialties include aesthetic and reconstructive face and neck surgery – in particular, eyelid surgery, facelifts, necklift, brow lift, and rhinoplasty. She is also very interested in non-invasive techniques and keeps up with emerging trends to offer patients a range of options from Kybella to Coolsculpting, fillers to FotoFacials, cosmeceutical skincare, and more.Â Another fun fact is that she is just relocating her practice of 20 years from Woodside, California to Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Moran chatted with BITB to discuss the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments that offer the biggest bang for your buck.
1. What are the top 3 most popular surgical procedures your patients are asking for right now?
- Neurotoxins (as in BOTOX, Dysport, Xeomin) which provide nearly instant rejuvenation and enhancement as well as prevention if used regularly.
- Fillers which can be life-changing in terms of creating better facial harmony resulting in improved self-esteem, and they last long but can be reversed if you are using hyaluronic acid.
- CO2 laser is the most definitive laser treatment I use. It can be adjusted along a full spectrum of power and depth to achieve an endless number of outcomes for patients from wrinkles to scarring.
2. What non-surgical treatments offer the biggest bang for the buck in terms of visible, lasting results?Â
Skincare is the cornerstone of any maintenance program. Without it, all the other measures are less impactful. It doesn’t make sense to invest in more invasive measures if you aren’t doing the basic steps of caring for your skin. It would be like getting veneers on your teeth but not brushing twice a day. My essential products contain hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, some form of emollients like squalene or ceramides, and zinc oxide for sun protection. Additional essentials include tretinoin or retinol and antioxidants including vitamin C.
3. As a facial plastic surgeon, what are your favorite desert island beauty products?
My desert island products include the moisturizer I created called Multi-Level-Moisture cream which contains 10% hyaluronic acid, squalene, and ceramides, Oasis skin deep moisturizer with 15% lactic acid and strontium nitrate (formerly Refinity), Air Repair Rescue Balm which a friend of mine created and I can’t live without, and a 20+% zinc-based sunblock. On a desert island, I might reach for an Avene tinted SPF 50 or Thinksport Everyday Face. For the body, I like ThinkSport 50+ or Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer dry-touch SPF 100+. I had melanoma so I don’t mess around. I always wear a wide-brimmed hat outside. I wear a Snapperrock SPF 50 rash-guard from neck to ankles if I am going to be in direct sunlight at the pool or beach. My 6-year-old son also always wears a hat, rashguard shirt, and Thinkbaby Sunscreen or Babo Botanicals sunblock. For everyday purposes, I like SkinMedicaÂ Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 34 (Tinted)Â or Intellishade by Revision as well as Juice Beauty tinted CC or BB creams. For my non-dessert island essential, I like products from ZO Skin Health, Jan Marini, Skinbetter, SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, and Revision Skincare. They all use solid science behind their lines so it is really a matter of personal preference. I see great results from all of them.